Watch ‘The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing’

Relentless Energy Drinkhas just released the fifth entry in the 2011 Short Stories film competition, which focuses on crowd surfing and the connection between bands and fans through the mosh pit.

Directed by Dave Depares, “The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing” introduces us to the fans who risk ejection from the venue, the musicians who live it every night (including Liam Carmier of CANCER BATS and Lee Spielman of TRASH TALK) and the bouncers who try to keep everyone safe. The film contrasts the focused energy of the band with the seeming chaos of the pit.

Depares draws on his dual experiences of directing music videos, and reviewing hundreds of gigs as a music journalist, to get under the skin of the fans and show how they see the art of crowd surfing.

“I’ve always been fascinated by crowd politics, the way different crowds respond to different bands, the changing energy levels, the positioning of various crowd members within the venue and their roles within the crowd,” he says. “There are the planks, the head-nodders, the dancers, the pogoers, the moshers, and the crowd surfers.”

“The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing” studies the rituals of crowd-surfing, moshing, pogoing and their related activities, attempting to unfold the psychology of those who partake in these manic, raucous celebrations of energy and emotion. It’s a study of the politics and anthropology therein, and of the detached hedonism that its proponents gorge themselves on. The film delves deeper into the psychology of the pit, and aims to illustrate that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Depares finds a strange sort of beauty within the chaos, and exposes a world that was previously only known to those foolhardy enough to experience it at first-hand.

You can watch “The Pit: A Film About Crowd Surfing” below.


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